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Common Mistakes When Installing Internal Doors

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From building your own home to restoring an old property, or simply giving your home a facelift, there are many reasons why you might be installing internal doors.

Your internal doors are an essential, yet often neglected aspect of your interior design, and we have all been undertaking a wide range of home renovations over the past 18 months. We have a look at some of the common mistakes made when installing new internal doors.

Avoid These Mistakes When Installing Internal Doors

Open and shut

As obvious as it might sound, it is vital that you consider how the door will open and close, and that there is enough space. Check how the door will open, in which direction, and the space you need.

Doors typically open into a room, but cupboards and smaller rooms may have to have doors that open out. It may also be an idea to see if the door will be better with the hinges on the opposite side.

Does it measure up?

Measure twice, cut once, as the old saying goes, and getting the tape measure out and getting accurate measurements is a key part of ensuring your new interior doors fit correctly.

Measure the frame for the door, and not the door to be replaced. You should also check the rebate in the door frame, and ensure you buy a door thick enough.

All the trimmings

You may have to trim the door slightly to ensure a good fit. However, you should exercise caution, as there are several risks involved with trimming down a door.

You should take care to not trim too much, as you may risk exposing the core material of the door. Check timing tolerances of the doors before proceeding with care.

Always trim the door to suit the frame. When a door looks not quite right after it is hung, a very common mistake is to assume the problem relates to the door, whereas it may well be the uneven frame. Unless you trim the door to suit the frame, the gaps around the door will be unequal.

Fixtures and fittings

When you buy a door, that is all you are usually buying, with no fittings, handles, hinges, latches, locks, etc. These will need to be purchased separately.

When undertaking renovation projects, many people will want to keep original fittings, or perhaps used fittings and fixtures that complement other fixtures and fittings in the room. It is as important to research your fittings and fixtures as it is to research your choice of internal doors.

Make sure you install both handle and lock, if you have a lock, on the correct side of the door. As a guide, if the door has a ‘lock block’, then you must use that side, or else you may find yourself drilling into the door’s hollow core. This would not be an issue for solid core doors.

Make sure you use the right number of hinges. It is recommended to use three hinges per door, as they need to be able to support quite a bit of weight.

Position handles at the same height for each door. It could look a bit out of sequence otherwise. The general rule of thumb is to put the handle halfway up each door.

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